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Applications available in early February for the 2022-23 academic year.


Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) has established the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Program to assist college juniors and seniors, with select majors, pursue their postsecondary education. Renewable scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

How to Donate
To make a contribution to the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Program, contact the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation at 216.781.6260 to donate by credit card or send your contribution to:

Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation
1111 Superior Avenue, Suite 615
Cleveland, OH 44114

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship Program must be:

  • College sophomores (students entering into their junior year in the fall) or college juniors (students entering into their senior year* in the fall.)
  • Citizens of Canada, Mexico, or the United States.
  • Full-time students who are majoring in chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.

*Students entering their senior year may apply to receive a one-year scholarship, or two years if enrolled in a five-year program and all conditions of renewal are met.

Applicants may apply to both the Charles W. Finkl Fund Scholarship and the Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship but are not eligible to receive both. In the event an applicant would have been awarded both, the Women’s Scholarship will take preference.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive:

  • An award in the amount of $2,000.
  • Awards are renewable for up to one additional year or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
  • Renewal is contingent upon:
    • Continued full-time enrollment in one of the eligible fields of study.
    • Maintaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.

Financial need is not considered.

Scholarship America will select up to 30 finalists and FIERF will select up to 15 recipents. All applicants agree to accept the decision of FIERF and Scholarship America as final.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic performance and future potential
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of career and educational aspirations and goals
  • Statement of unusual circumstances
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Industry related essay questions

Credit will be given to applicants who have worked or interned at an industry Forging Industry Association (FIA) Member Company.


Applicants will be notified in late June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes Charles W. Finkl Scholarship payments on behalf of FIERF. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A letter of recommendation from an individual who can provide information on your behalf. A recommender can not be related to you.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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